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Offline GarretD

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RO Water and BeerSmith
« on: November 27, 2017, 06:55:19 PM »
Just purchased and downloaded BeerSmith2. I dont see RO water listed in the drop down.. is there a way to add it?
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Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 07:00:51 PM »
Use distilled unless you know the makeup of the treated water.

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Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 07:01:01 PM »
You can add through the ingredients tab. Once you have that open, click on water in the drop down, there should be an icon at the top left that says Add Water. Click that icon, and input your mineral levels. This can be done, but I usually just make a note in notes that I was using RO water, and I always use RO now so have even stopped doing that. I adjust my water through Bru'NWater though, if you want to use Beersmith's water calcs, you will have to add the mineral content on that calculation, but still should not need to have RO in the list of available water, unless I am missing something
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Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2017, 09:07:49 PM »
You can add through the ingredients tab. Once you have that open, click on water in the drop down, there should be an icon at the top left that says Add Water. Click that icon, and input your mineral levels. This can be done, but I usually just make a note in notes that I was using RO water, and I always use RO now so have even stopped doing that. I adjust my water through Bru'NWater though, if you want to use Beersmith's water calcs, you will have to add the mineral content on that calculation, but still should not need to have RO in the list of available water, unless I am missing something

I guess thats what Im looking for...how to adjust my RO water based on style... Been using bottled arrowhead, but want switch to RO. Will the Bru'NWater app do that?
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Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 09:18:40 PM »
The water calc in Beersmith will do it and the Bru'Nwater app will do it. I bought Bru'nWater before I even knew there was a water calc in Beersmith. So I have never really played with that one to know how accurate it is. The reviews I get on here for Bru'Nwater are always glowing and I have had no issues at all myself. I use it for every batch I brew and would not brew without it.
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Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2017, 05:12:28 AM »
The water modification parts of BeerSmith are pretty weak and inadequate, although I love the program in general. In particular, the suggested acid additions are much too high, by a factor of at least 2. This may be fixed in a future version, but for now I would not recommend that anyone rely on BeerSmith for figuring water modifications. Bru'nWater does a great job and I would highly recommend that for now.
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Re: RO Water and BeerSmith
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2017, 04:53:33 PM »
The water modification parts of BeerSmith are pretty weak and inadequate, although I love the program in general. In particular, the suggested acid additions are much too high, by a factor of at least 2. This may be fixed in a future version, but for now I would not recommend that anyone rely on BeerSmith for figuring water modifications. Bru'nWater does a great job and I would highly recommend that for now.
Agreed, bru n water is much more accurate and user friendly. I do like brewers friend format as well.

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